Historic day of climate strikes is unlikely to move Trump

Greta Thunberg told a huge crowd in Manhattan that she thought around four million people had taken part in Friday’s global climate strikes.

That is an extraordinary number, reflecting the urgency of this moment.

What was also extraordinary was the uniformity of the message being delivered to governments all over the world: do more, now.

But will they?

We may find out on Monday, where heads of state and government are converging in New York for the United Nations climate summit.

Image: Climate activist Greta Thunberg inspired the movement

Leaders are being told by an increasingly impatient UN Secretary General that there is no room for fancy speeches and if they want time at the podium they must bring concrete plans and enhanced commitments to tackling the crisis.

We expect the UK to do so, perhaps alongside world polluter number one, China.

There may also be eye-catching commitments from big business about responsible investment and financing, finally, perhaps, pulling levers large enough to make a difference.

But will this day, historic in so many ways, be THE tipping point that pushes Donald Trump to declare that America, one of the world’s biggest polluters, will stay in the Paris Climate Agreement?

I doubt it.

With Mr Trump in office, coordinated national effort in the US is a lost cause.

The question is whether the rest of the world can combine to pick up the slack, do it quickly, and do it equitably, so that the poorest and most vulnerable in our world who bear the least blame for creating the climate crisis do not bear the most pain as we try to use the ever-narrowing window for action.

School kids suing US government

School kids suing US government

A group of 21 young people are suing the US government over climate change.

After the climate strikes, the leaders coming to New York should be in no doubt that the people demand this is exactly what happens.

If elected representatives start to believe that their own political futures are on the line if they do not respond, maybe we will see the great leap forward that is needed, with or without America’s help.

Trump approves deployment of US forces in Saudi Arabia

Donald Trump has approved the deployment of US forces to Saudi Arabia following the attack on two oil facilities in the country.

Troops and military equipment will also be sent to neighbouring United Arab Emirates, a Saudi ally.

The Pentagon described the deployment as “moderate”, adding that forces will be defensive in nature and primarily focused on air and missile defence.

US Marine General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said personnel would not be in the thousands but he was not more specific.

The Abqaiq facility and the Khurais oil field were attacked in the early hours of Saturday, causing a reduction of more than half in Saudi Arabia’s daily oil exports – more than 5% of the world’s daily production.

Initially Houthi rebels – backed by Iran – were blamed for the attack. But in recent days, the finger has been pointed directly at Iran.

Defence Secretary Mark Esper said sending troops was a first step and he is not ruling out additional moves in future.

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The deployment is a response to a request from the Saudis and UAE to help improve their air and missile defences.

It means that, at least for now, Mr Trump has decided against any military strike on Iran in response to the attacks.

Earlier, he said that restraint “shows far more strength”, as he outlined new sanctions on the Iranian central bank.

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Trump: Whistleblower allegations 'just another political hack job'

Donald Trump has described allegations by an intelligence whistleblower as “just another political hack job”.

The complaint, which his administration has refused to let Congress see, remains shrouded in mystery but is “serious” and “urgent,” the government’s intelligence watchdog said.

A number of US news outlets claim the allegations involve the Republican president’s communications with a foreign leader while others say it involved “multiple acts”.

A report in the Wall Street Journal claims the US president repeatedly pressured his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s son.

Image: Reports suggest the complaint involves a call with Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelenskiy

However, Mr Trump has dismissed the matter, insisting he did nothing wrong.

“I have conversations with many leaders. It’s always appropriate,” he told reporters during an Oval Office meeting with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

“At the highest level always appropriate. And anything I do, I fight for this country.”

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Mr Trump was asked if he discussed Mr Biden during the call with President Zelenskiy, and he answered: “It doesn’t matter what I discussed.”

He then urged the media “to look into” Mr Biden’s background with Ukraine.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Mr Trump faces “serious repercussions” if the reports are accurate and said the whistleblower’s complaint raises “grave, urgent concerns for our national security”.

The intelligence community’s inspector general appeared before the House Intelligence committee behind closed doors on Thursday but declined, under administration orders, to reveal the substance of the complaint.

However, he did say the matter involves the “most significant” responsibilities of intelligence leadership.

House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff has vowed to mount an extensive investigation into the scandal.

“Come hell or high water, that’s what we’re going to do.”

Among the materials Democrats have sought is a transcript of Mr Trump’s 25 July call with Mr Zelenskiy. The whistleblower’s complaint was made on 12 August.

Joseph Maguire, the acting director of national intelligence, is understood to have consulted with the Justice Department in deciding not to transmit the complaint to Congress.

Mr Maguire has refused to discuss details of the whistleblower complaint, but he has been subpoenaed by the House panel and is expected to testify publicly next Thursday.

Blindfolded and shackled: Prisoner video 'genuine'

Online footage purporting to show hundreds of blindfolded and shackled prisoners in a mostly-Muslim region of China is believed to be authentic, a European security source has told Sky News.

The detainees are thought to be from China’s minority Uighur Muslims, the source said on Friday.

Human rights organisations accuse China of holding one million people, mostly ethnic Uighurs, at sprawling detention camps in Xinjiang province – a charge Beijing strongly denies.

Image: The footage allegedly shows detainees thought to be from China’s minority Uighur Muslim population

The footage, posted anonymously on Tuesday on Twitter and YouTube, shows lines of men, heads shaved, hands bound behind their back, sitting in lines on the floor or being moved by guards at a station in the city of Korla in Xinjiang, northwest China.

The European security source said: “We’ve examined the footage and believe it to be genuine.

“It shows up to 600 prisoners being moved; they’re shackled together, have shaved heads, are blindfolded and have their hands locked behind their backs. This is typical of the way the Chinese move this type of prisoner.”

The images were thought to have been taken earlier this year, the source added.

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Sky News was not able independently to verify the footage.

The Chinese embassy in London has yet to respond to questions about the clip submitted on Friday evening.

United Nations experts have spoken of “credible reports” of China holding one million Uighurs and other Muslim minorities at mass detention camps in Xinjiang.

But earlier this year the governor of the province denied this was the case, calling the facilities “vocational training centres”.

“Some foreign voices talking about Xinjiang, they have said that Xinjiang has ‘concentration camps’, or ‘education camps’, and so on,” Shohrat Zakir told Sky News in March.

“These statements are made up, they are lies and they are very ridiculous.”

“Vocational training centres” is China’s official label for the detention facilities.

In February, however, the Turkish foreign ministry described them as concentration camps where detainees face torture.

A YouTube account called War on Fear posted the one minute and 46 second footage that appears to show the shackled detainees with the title: Xinjiang: a New Explanation.

Clips were also posted by a Twitter account under the same name and using the Twitter handle @warcombatfear.

The footage appeared to show hundreds of blindfolded and shackled prisoners in a mostly-Muslim region of China

Image: The video appears to show hundreds of blindfolded and shackled prisoners

It is not known how the footage was taken – possibly by a drone – but in an accompanying post on Twitter, the account holder wrote: “The people of today’s society always live under the supervision of the government with high technology. Now we use technology to show the modern society of Xinjiang. People lose their freedom. No hope for future.”

The account holder included the Twitter handles in its post of the human rights organisation Amnesty International and the United Nations human rights watchdog as well as Reuters and Associated Press, two news agencies.

The footage starts with pictures of what appear to be detainees by a train at a station that the security source named as Korla West. The camera pulls back to show lines of what appear to be blue containers or cabins stretching into the distance.

A large group of purported detainees can be seen close to the train, dressed in purple bibs and wearing black blindfolds, sitting in lines on the ground, surrounded by what appear to be guards. Others can apparently be seen also sitting blindfolded but without the bibs.

Next, a number of detainees, without purple bibs but still blindfolded, are purportedly led on foot in a single file, with two guards accompanying each person, through a cream coloured metal gate.

Beijing has in the past repeatedly denied all allegations of abuse against the Uighur community and other ethnic minority groups in China.

China insists the alleged detention sites are “vocational” centres aimed at training and skills development. In a report earlier this year to counter criticism, the government said it had arrested nearly 13,000 people it described as “terrorists” and had broken up hundreds of “terrorist gangs” in Xinjiang since 2014.

The issue of the Uighurs could come up during the United Nations General Assembly next week when world leaders gather in New York.

Five human rights organisations have called on UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to condemn the Chinese government’s detention of more than a million Muslims in the Xinjiang region and call for the immediate closure of government detention camps.

In a letter to the UN chief released on Tuesday and reported by the Associated Press, the rights groups said these actions would be an important contribution to addressing “one of the most pressing human rights issues of our time”.

It was signed by Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, the International Commission of Jurists, the International Federation for Human Rights and the World Uighur Conference.

Criticism has grown over China’s internment of the Uighurs and members of other predominantly Muslim ethnic groups.

Life near rapidly-warming North Pole: Rain in winter and more avalanches

People living just 800 miles from the North Pole are facing new and unpredictable hazards because the climate is warming so rapidly.

The 2,300 inhabitants of Longyearbyen – the only major town on the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard, and the world’s northernmost permanent settlement – are accustomed to harsh winters and the hazards of polar bears.

But freakish storms are increasingly common, raising temperatures by 25C (77F) in a matter of hours, even in mid-winter.

Image: The inhabitants are accustomed to hard winters

Sky News has visited the islands to see how people living in the most rapidly-warming part of the planet are adapting to climate change.

Martin Indreiten, the avalanche rescue team leader for Longyearbyen Red Cross, said: “The new normal is it’s raining in mid-winter.

“It’s now normal that we have heavy precipitation, it’s normal that we have more avalanche activities, it’s normal that we have more landslides.”


Image: The warmth is penetrating deep underground, thawing soil that has been frozen for thousands of years

Longyearbyen lies in a valley, surrounded by steep mountains.

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In 2015 a storm triggered the biggest avalanche in a generation, burying 11 people in their homes. Two died.

Just two years later there was another major avalanche in almost the same spot, which destroyed a row of houses but without any casualties.

Avalanche fences have now been built up the mountainside to protect the town.

And 140 people living in the high-risk zone have been evacuated as a precaution ahead of this winter.

Plans are also being considered to move the cemetery because it was almost buried by a recent landslide.


Image: Longyearbyen lies in a valley, surrounded by steep mountains

Siv Limstrand, Longyearbyen’s priest, said: “Suddenly there are different dangers.

“One thing is being hit by avalanche when you are outside. You know that’s a risk.

“When you’re inside your house you’re supposed to be safe. So that’s a major change psychologically.”

Svalbard’s average annual temperature has risen 4-5C in less than 50 years. That’s twice as fast as the rest of the planet.

The warmth is penetrating deep underground, thawing soil that has been frozen for thousands of years.


Image: In 2015 a storm triggered the biggest avalanche in a generation

Some of the town’s houses have had to be underpinned as the earth softens.

The new climate is also affecting the most Arctic of pastimes. Traditional dog sleds are increasingly being replaced by buggies as the snow season gets shorter.

Audun Salte, who runs Svalbard Husky, said it was affecting his business.

“What’s making me sad is that we are affecting natural habitats that again affects innocent animals that haven’t been a part of doing this wrong.

“It’s not nice being the generation that will be remembered in history as the idiots that didn’t do anything, before it was too late.

“That’s the message.”

Millions call for more action on climate change in global protests

Across the globe, millions of people, mostly students and children, have taken part in demonstrations calling for more urgent action from their governments to tackle climate change.

The protests, inspired by Swedish teenage activist Greta Thunberg, started in the Pacific islands and then continued across Australia, Japan, Southeast Asia before moving on to Europe, Africa, the Middle East and the Americas – 139 nations in all.

Young people stayed away from school while employees did not go into work during the day of mass protests.

:: The worldwide protests as they happened

In Sydney and Canberra, demonstrators called for their country – which is the world’s largest exporter of coal and liquid natural gas – to do much more to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Climate protests reach far-flung spots

More than 300,000 protesters took to the streets making it the largest demonstration in Australia since the Iraq war began in 2003.

Tens of thousands of people across the UK also demonstrated, including in London where organisers estimated 100,000 attended a rally in Westminster.

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The Metropolitan Police said there had been eight arrests in London during the day’s protests.

Seven people were detained under Section 14 of the Public Order Act 1986 for breaching conditions imposed on the protest while a man was arrested on Lambeth Bridge on suspicion of discharging a flare.

Sky’s Laura Bundock said: “Even organisers admitted they were surprised by the size of the crowds in the capital’s climate strike. Thousands and thousands filled the streets around Westminster.”

ONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 20: Children hold up placards as they attend the Global Climate Strike on September 20, 2019 in London, England. Millions of people are taking to the streets around the world to take part in protests inspired by the teenage Swedish activist Greta Thunberg. Students are preparing to walk out of lessons in what could be the largest climate protest in history. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Image: Organisers believe more than 100,000 attended a rally in London

One new dad said the birth of his little daughter motivated him to get involved: “We have to be heard for the sake of our children. Time is running out,” he said.

More than 20,000 were thought to have marched in Edinburgh and 10,000 in Brighton.

Climate change activist Greta Thunberg was just eight when she became passionate about the planet

From a solo protest in 2018 to millions joining her on the streets, Greta Thunberg has become a phenomenon.

In Belfast, organisers put the turnout at between 3,000 and 4,000, with young people taking over the Corn Market area of the city centre and staging a “mass die-in”.

And in Birmingham, around 3,000 protesters, including hundreds of children, gathered in the city’s Victoria Square before marching through nearby streets.

UK Student Climate Network said more than 200 events had been organised across the country.

Ukrainian activists take part in a rally demanding actions on climate change, joining similar protests globally, three days ahead of the United Nation's emergency climate summit, in Kiev, Ukraine

Image: Ukrainian activists take part in a rally

Greta Thunberg who sparked the global climate strike movement – in which young people “strike” from going to school – said she never imagined it would take off so quickly.

She said she watched news of strikes in Australia and the Pacific before she went to bed in New York the night before.

Students attend a climate change demonstration in London

Image: Events took place across the UK

The 17-year-old called the large numbers of people protesting “a victory”, adding: “I would never have predicted or believed that this was going to happen someday and so fast.”

She said it was now up to world leaders to take action, and if they do not, they should “feel ashamed”.

On Friday, she addressed around 250,000 people in Battery Park in Manhattan.

Climate change protests continue around the world with marches and concerts in full swing.

Climate protests in Asia, Europe and Africa

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn told young people in the crowd in London that “you and a whole generation have brought the issue centre stage and I am absolutely delighted about that”.

He criticised US President Donald Trump for failing to act on climate change and said he wanted to work with Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro to preserve and protect the Amazon rainforest.

Climate change protesters in Thailand host a die-in after storming Bankok's environment ministry

Image: Climate change protesters in Thailand host a die-in after storming Bangkok’s environment ministry

Green Party politician Caroline Lucas said: “It feels like there is a real uprising. It feels like there is a real sense from young people in particular that they simply won’t wait any longer.

“It is their future that is at stake and our generation, my generation is responsible for not having done nearly enough to address that.

“They have enormous moral authority when they tell us that.”

School students and protesters gather at a climate strike rally in Sydney

Image: School students and protesters gather at a rally in Sydney

One of the protesters, Jessica Ahmed, 16, from Barnet, north London, said: “School is important but so is my future,” and called on the government to acknowledge the severity of the climate crisis.

“If politicians were taking the appropriate action we need and had been taking this action a long time ago when it was recognised the world was changing in a negative way, then I would not have to be skipping school.”

Young protesters demand action on climate change in Sydney

Image: More than 300,000 took to the streets in Australia

In Berlin it was estimated 80,000 people gathered in front of the capital’s landmark Brandenburg Gate, not far from Chancellor Angela Merkel’s office where the cabinet was discussing final details of a plan to cut Germany’s greenhouse gas emissions.

More than a million students from 1,800 public schools have been allowed to skip school in New York in order to protest.

Smaller protests took place in Asia, including in Japan, South Korea, the Philippines, Hong Kong and India.

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Millions across the world call for urgent action on climate change

In Africa, rallies were held in Johannesburg and the South African capital Pretoria, as well as Kenya’s capital Nairobi.

The global protests come ahead of a summit at the UN next week that will urge countries to do more to avoid the worst effects of climate change.

Jeffrey Epstein accuser: 'I was trafficked to Prince Andrew'

A woman has described in detail how she allegedly had sex with Prince Andrew in 2001 when she was 17-years-old.

Speaking to NBC’s Dateline, Virginia Roberts Guiffre claimed the incident happened in Ghislaine Maxwell’s London house after the royal gave her vodka at a nightclub.

The Duke of York has repeatedly insisted Mrs Guiffre’s accusations are “false and without any foundation”, and stated that “any suggestion of impropriety with under-age minors” was “categorically untrue”.

In her first TV interview Mrs Giuffre insisted she was telling the truth.

“I was so young. Ghislaine woke me up in the morning and said, ‘you’re going to meet a prince today.’

‘I didn’t know at that point that I was going to be trafficked to a prince.

‘We went out to Club Tramp. Prince Andrew got me alcohol, it was in the VIP section, I’m pretty sure it was vodka.

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“Prince Andrew was like, ‘let’s dance.’ I was like, ‘OK’. We leave club Tramp and I hop in the car with Ghislaine and Jeffrey.

“Ghislaine said he’s coming back to the house and I want you to do for him what you do for Epstein.

“I couldn’t believe it.”

Image: Virginia Roberts Guiffre Pic: NBC News

In previously reported on court documents, she said they went back to Ms Maxwell’s townhouse where she and Prince Andrew had sex.

“He wasn’t rude about it. He said thank you and some kind of soft sentiments like that and left.

“I just couldn’t believe it. I couldn’t believe that even royalty were involved.

“He denies that it ever happened, he’s going to keep denying that it ever happened but he knows the truth and I know the truth.”

Prince Andrew, 59, has been dogged by accusations of a lack of judgement about his links with Jeffrey Epstein, who was found hanged in his prison cell in New York on 10 August.

The disgraced billionaire was facing a 45-year sentence if convicted of multiple counts of sexually abusing under-age girls.

Prince Andrew has admitted knowing Epstein since 1999, but “saw him infrequently” – and in a statement, said: “At no stage during the limited time I spent with him did I see, witness or suspect any behaviour of the sort that subsequently led to his arrest and conviction.”

Ms Maxwell has been accused of facilitating Epstein’s abuse of several girls by overseeing their recruitment and “ensuring that approximately three girls a day were made available to him for his sexual pleasure”, according to court documents.

The 57-year-old, a former girlfriend of Epstein, has denied any wrongdoing.

Mrs Giuffre, who claimed she had sex with the duke three times, including an “orgy” on his private island in the Caribbean, was speaking alongside five other Jeffrey Epstein accusers.

A previous Buckingham Palace statement said: “The Duke of York has been appalled by the recent reports of Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged crimes.

“His Royal Highness deplores the exploitation of any human being and the suggestion he would condone, participate in or encourage any such behaviour is abhorrent.”

US imposes sanctions on Iran's central bank, Trump says

President Donald Trump says the US has imposed sanctions on Iran’s central bank following last weekend’s attacks on Saudi oil facilities.

Speaking in the Oval Office on Friday during a meeting with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, the US leader said: “We have just sanctioned the Iranian national bank.”

He did not give any other details about the sanctions.

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told reporters that the bank was Tehran’s last source of funds, saying: “We have now cut off all funds to Iran”.

Image: Donald Trump speaks with visiting Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison at the White House

When Mr Trump was asked about the possibility of a military response on Iran, he said that a military strike was always a possibility and that the US was prepared.

He said he wanted a peaceful solution to the conflict following the weekend oil attacks, in which his secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, has described as an “act of war”.

Saudi oil attacks were sophisticated, accurately damaging critical infrastructure

Saudi oil attacks were sophisticated, accurately damaging critical infrastructure

Iran has denied any involvement in the 14 September attacks at the Saudi Aramco oil facility, which shook global oil markets and further heightened tensions between Washington and Tehran.

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It warned that any retaliatory strike on it by the US or the kingdom would lead to “an all-out war”.

The US and Saudi Arabia accuse Iran of launching the attacks, which Yemen Houthi rebels earlier claimed as a response to the Saudi-led war there which has killed tens and thousands of people.

Workers at the damaged site of Saudi Aramco oil facility in Khurais, Saudi Arabia

Image: Workers at the damaged site of Saudi Aramco oil facility in Khurais, Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia claims Iranian cruise missiles and drones were used in the attacks on the kingdom’s oil industry and showed journalists the remains of weapons at a news conference earlier this week.

Military spokesman Colonel Turki al-Malki did not directly accuse Iran of firing the weapons or launching them from inside Iranian territory, but told journalists: “The attack was launched from the north and was unquestionably sponsored by Iran”.

Saudi defence ministry spokesman Colonel Turki Al-Malik displays remains of the missiles which Saudi government says were used to attack an Aramco oil facility, during a news conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia September 18, 2019. REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

Image: Saudi defence ministry spokesman Colonel Turki Al-Malik displays remains of the missiles from the attacks

On Friday, Lebanon’s Hezbollah warned Saudi Arabia against betting on a war against Iran because it would destroy the country.

He urged Riyadh and the United Arab Emirates to halt the war in Yemen instead of buying more air defences.

In a televised speech, Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said: “Your house is made of glass and your economy
is made of glass. Like the glass cities in the UAE”.

Visiting the bombed Saudi oil plant

Sky’s Middle East correspondent Mark Stone visits the bombed Saudi oil plant

The US has imposed multiple sanctions on Iran since the administration withdrew in November from the 2015 nuclear deal, with the latest sanctions demonstrating the US is continuing a maximum pressure campaign.

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Saudi oil attacks accurately damaged critical infrastructure

Our departure is from the private terminal at Riyadh International Airport.

It begins with a safety and security briefing from an official at Aramco – the Saudi oil conglomerate which owns the two plants which were attacked.

We’re told only to film when they say we can and to follow the instructions of the staff.

These are sensitive sites in terms of intellectual property security and, as last weekend proved, physical security too.

I’m pretty sure that under normal circumstances, there would be many hoops to jump through to secure the permission to film inside these oil facilities.

But these are not normal times and so Sky News and plenty of other global media outlets are heading on a hastily-arranged tour of the Khurais and Abqaiq plants.

Saudi Arabia’s display of weapons debris is extraordinary but they feel it is worth it

Saudi Arabia’s oil production was cut in half last weekend in an extraordinary and audacious attack which is being pinned on Iran.

The implications of the attack are both geopolitical and economic. Saudi Aramco is very keen to demonstrate that its plants are being repaired and that production is returning fast to pre-attack levels.

That’s why the media is being taken, en-masse, to the two plants on an Aramco-owned plane to see the damage and the repairs for ourselves.

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Workers at the damaged site of Saudi Aramco oil facility in Khurais, Saudi Arabia

Image: Workers at the damaged site of Saudi Aramco oil facility in Khurais, Saudi Arabia

At a news conference a few days ago, the newly-appointed Saudi Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman said that the company had “risen like a phoenix out of the ashes”.

Our visit is designed to substantiate that assertion. The company needs its clients across the world to know that it’s reliable and secure.

Visiting the bombed Saudi oil plant

Visiting the bombed Saudi oil plant

It needs investors to know that it’s worth investing in when it makes its long-awaited IPO soon. Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman is eyeing a valuation target of an extraordinary $2 trillion (£1.6 trillion).

But clearly this is part of the political strategy to counter the perceived threat from Iran too.

A satellite images showing the Khurais plant and the area of damage in the top red square

Image: A satellite image showing the Khurais plant and the area of damage in the top red square

America and Saudi Arabia are attempting to illustrate why Iran must be stopped from destabilising the region – and in the case of last weekend – impacting the global oil market.

Images of the damage we are being allowed to film form part of this strategy.

The location of the damage is important. For example, damage to the northern side of structures would suggest the missiles and drones came from the north (Iran) not the south (Yemen).

Shrapnel from devices

Saudi Arabia accuse Iran being behind oil plant attack

It’s clear looking at the damage that the missiles and drones which hit last Saturday were sophisticated, accurately taking out critical infrastructure.

No one was injured in the attacks. Staff here have told us how fast the emergency services were here, how they worked even as missiles and drones hit and how they managed to extinguish fires very quickly.

The other vital strand of the US/Saudi strategy is proving beyond doubt that Iran, and not the Yemeni Houthi rebel group, is behind the attack.

US intelligence officials have hinted that they may reveal more on that in the coming days – perhaps satellite images showing the launch site to prove the missiles came from Iran.

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